Emergency crews and utility workers were out in full force Monday morning, Nov. 8, during the aftermath of the storm that pummeled the state with heavy winds and driving rain overnight Sunday, Nov. 7.

As of 9 p.m. Monday, Central Maine Power reported that line crews had restored power to all customers in Waldo County. By late Tuesday morning, the statewide outage total was just over 9,400, with the majority of those outages being in Cumberland and Lincoln counties.

Additional workers from contractors and CMP’s affiliate in New York arrived Monday afternoon to assist with the workload.

Winds from the storm blew trees and large limbs onto power lines, disrupting power to thousands of homes and businesses. At 11:30 a.m. Nov. 8, an estimated 47,598 customer accounts were without service, including several hundred customers in Waldo County. Early Monday, CMP had reported that 60,177 customers across Maine were left in the dark by the powerful storm.

Work crews completed power restoration to circuits serving critical facilities late Monday morning, and moved on to repairing primary feeders that serve the largest numbers of customers. From there, power was restored to secondary lines, branch lines serving small neighborhoods and single-service drops.

CMP crews found more than 105 broken utility poles in the aftermath of the storm.

Monday morning, Gov. John E. Baldacci signed an Emergency Declaration that allowed power crews from other states to come to Maine. The declaration extended the hours that crews could work in the interest of restoring power as quickly as possible.

The Emergency Declaration was issued at 7:25 a.m. Monday, Nov. 8.

Locally, Waldo County Emergency Management Director Dale Rowley said that while Waldo and Knox counties had a fair number power outages and moderate storm damage, other areas in the state were hit much harder.

“I think we’re faring pretty well,” said Rowley Monday morning. “We had something like 800 [CMP] accounts out, but there were other places that had between 5,000 and 6,000 who were out. Most of ours are on dead-end roads.”

Cumberland, Sagadahoc and Lincoln counties appeared to have suffered the brunt of the storm damage, Rowley said.

The downed trees and washed-out roads were scattered throughout Waldo County, Rowley said, with the worst one being Route 220 in Montville near the entrance of Frye Mountain. The road  was closed into late morning Monday, and Rowley said firefighters were called to assist drivers who tried to drive through the deep water that took up both lanes of the road.

Most local fire crews got out late Sunday night and early Monday morning to clear trees and limbs from major routes of travel, Rowley said. During his commute to work Monday morning, Rowley counted four trees down across Files Hill Road in Thorndike, all of which had already been cut out of the road.

A large tree that fell in front of the Unitarian Universalist Church at 37 Miller St. kept a portion of the street closed Monday morning, and streets throughout the city were scattered with debris from fallen limbs and small trees. Belfast City Park had several downed limbs near the entrance and on the baseball field as a result of the storm, and winds uprooted a large tree near the intersection of Route 1 and Swan Lake Avenue.

Few towns had more than three roads washed out, said Rowley, and most of those roads still had one travel lane open.